(RepublicanWire.org) – White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday dodged reporter’s questions.
First RealClearPolitics White House reporter Philip Wegmann asked two questions. Whether the president’s proposed codification of Roe would reverse individual states’ abortion restrictions implemented before the ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which overturned Roe. And then, whether the president would support any restrictions on abortion.
“What the president is going to do, and wants to do and believes in doing is codifying Roe,” Jean-Pierre answered. “He believes that is what was law of the land, a constitutional right for almost 50 years and he believes, in its specific provisions, was rightly decided. He has said this regularly, including right after Dobbs, and that has not changed.”
“Right, but that didn’t answer either question. First of all, there are individual state restrictions on abortion in the books currently around the country,” Wegmann responded. “Some of those existed before the Dobbs case, before the overturn of Roe. Would the president, with this bill to codify Roe — does he want that bill to go farther?”
“I just answered that question, he believes in Roe and how it stood before the Dobbs decision,” she answered. The 1973 Roe decision legalized abortion nationwide up until the point of fetal viability, around 22 weeks. States remained free to restrict the procedure beyond that point.
When Wegmann repeated his question about whether the president supports any restrictions, the press secretary encouraged him to read the Roe v. Wade decision to understand the president’s stance on abortion.
The president promised during a Tuesday address that he would enshrine the provisions of Roe v. Wade in federal law if the Democrats are able to keep control of the House and win a clear majority in the Senate in November’s the midterm elections.
“The first bill I will send to the Congress will be to codify Roe v. Wade. And when Congress passes it, I’ll sign it in January, 50 years after Roe was first decided the law of the land,” Biden said.
Then, Fox News’s Peter Doocy asked questions about the administration’s priorities.
Given that inflation and economic issues are top concerns for Americans, Doocy wondered why President Biden is leaning into abortion.
“What is President Biden’s top domestic priority now? Is it inflation or is it abortion?” he asked.
Instead of offering a straightforward response, Jean-Pierre said both are important, clarifying that inflation is “his number-one economic priority.”
Doocy didn’t let up.
“You just said it’s ‘his number-one economic priority.’ We’ve heard the President say inflation is his top domestic priority, but now he’s saying, come next year, his first bill would be abortion related. So is his number-one domestic priority abortion or is it inflation?”
The press secretary, in a roundabout answer, claimed Biden is “working on the economy every day,” which prompted another tough question from Doocy.
“So you said he’s been working on the economy every day for 19 months. Now Bloomberg economists are forecasting a 100 percent chance of a recession. So how is it that we can be barreling towards a recession and the economy is, as the President says, ‘strong as hell’?
“What we are seeing right now is the job market is strong, the labor force is strong. And that is not what we see usually before — before a recession,” she replied. And a lot of that is because of the work that this President has done,” Jean-Pierre continued.